Anyone who has ever planted a seed in the ground understands the concept of faith. Even if you have never planted a seed, you can understand that to do so requires faith. A tiny seed looks nothing like the plant that it will grow into. With faith in the outcome, growing a plant of some kind, we prepare the soil, choose a spot in the ground with the right amount of sun for the plant we intend to grow, then we water the seed and nurture it until it becomes what we believed it would become.
Every act we take in life is similar to this process. We have a mental picture of the outcome that our action will bring. Depending on our mental picture, we go about our actions according to what we imagine the results will be. If we are confident in a certain result, we act one way, if we have doubts in the results, we act a different way.
Learning how to change our mental picture of what the results of our actions will be has enormous power. We become more conscious of what actions will produce what results. We become confident that whatever results we seek in life, there is a course of action to create that.
What is written above is from the book I wrote about a year or so ago about this series. Today I am sharing this work on Facebook and on my site because we are having a global pandemic and it is my hope that these images will help people to calm themselves and to make choices for the future that are good.
I almost didn’t post today because I was busy working in the yard, and baking. Spring in Vermont is a glorious thing, coming as a welcome reprieve from the harsh winter, and a promise of the utter glory we know that happens in summer, when everything is blooming and prolific with flowers and fruit. Nature still does not disappoint us in her beauty and bounty.
I’m hoping we learn from this pandemic to revere nature’s ways more, and to have more faith that nature’s ways are the best for us, and we are at our best when we align ourselves with nature’s power. As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, “there lives the dearest freshness, deep down things.” Yes. Refresh. Us. Now.
These are flowers in my front yard, but I have a nice big plot in the back where I am going to plant vegetables and herbs. Food from the earth is our greatest asset and power. To be able to grow ones own food is a tremendous power. I am starting seeds indoors for the first time, even though I have had many fabulous gardens in the past. I am excited to participate in the whole process from seed to meal, having faith in the great good of it all along the way.